Faith No More bring the first day of Download Festival to a stylishly surreal end with a sharp-suited Mike Patton and Co vying for best-dressed band.
The massive 'Epic', 'From Out Of Nowhere' and a bizarrely fitting cover of Lady GaGa's 'Poker Face' marked a set that saw an on-form Patton croon, sing, screech and yowl his way around the stage.
After wowing the audience at Brixton Academy earlier in the week, the omens were good for the recently reformed alt rock band, but a festival field is a different ballgame, and the Main Stage crowd initially started smaller than it has been all day.
However from the moment Patton hobbled on with a cane, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand, as the band open with a cover of apt crooning classic 'Reunited'. "I better get my cure," repeats Patton for the fourth or fifth time tonight, wrapping himself in the red stage curtains for 'Easy' as everyone in hearing distance serenades him.
"If you're worried for your masculinity, don't be," quips Vince Neil of Motley Crue, after crotch-grabbing his way through 'Live Wire' on the second stage. Back after their storming headline slot in 2001, the 'Crue soon beef things back up again, covering Hendrix, screening softcore lesbian porn during 'S.O.S' and a triumphant 'Girls Girls Girls', and Tommy Lee passing his Jagermeister round the crowd. Seems they're not past their sell-by date yet.
Earlier on at the Main Stage, Limp Bizkit also made a triumphant return to the UK. The self-confessed saviours of rock steamROLLered their way through the Download crowd, quieting them down in the middle before letting rip on the climax of 'Break Stuff'. They even led the crowd in a joint dance and singalong to ‘Rollin'’, and even brought one squashed audience member onstage to join in.
"[Fred Durst] is getting on a bit, but they were surprisingly tight," said Matthew from Stockton.
Elsewhere, Enter Shikari's surprise set turned out to be the worst kept secret of the weekend. The Tuborg stage was packed out for a set that saw them mixing cuts from their new album, like 'Step Up' and recent single 'Juggernauts' with rarities such as 'OK Time For Plan B', bassist Chris doing his best to play while wearing flippers.
Today's homage to the alternative style of metal also continued on the Tuborg stage with headliners Meshuggah, teasing out an hour of the most uncompromising tech metal this stage will see all weekend. Meanwhile, over on the Main Stage, freaks on a leash Korn brought out the first and only bagpipe solo of the weekend.
Bring Me The Horizon were more concerned with finding out who was on acid, with frontman Oli Sykes emerging from the pit for 'Diamonds Are Forever' covered in water. And Killswitch Engage were content to gain the title of potty mouths of the day, kicking off a storming cover of 'Holy Diver' and the mighty 'My Last Serenade' by comparing their favourite women to "sushi rolled on a barbershop floor" and threatening to show their genitals to all the ladies in the audience. Delightful.
Download Festival 2009 continues today with sets from Slipknot, The Prodigy and more.